Creating a table of contents

The table of contents includes entry texts with a preset style (e.g. Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.), or a custom multilevel style. It can also include standard texts if a level has been applied to each entry text.

Creating a preset table of contents

Word has a gallery of preset tables of contents.

Mark the text entries to include in the table of contents. For each individual text entry, use one of the following methods:

  • Select the text and then apply a preset or custom style to it (cf. Assigning an importance level). The text will adopt the formatting applied to the style.

  • Select the text and then apply a custom style to it. Go to the References tab, then to Table of Contents, click Add Text then select a level to assign to the selected text. The text keeps its custom style formatting.

With the Do Not Show in Table of Contents option you can delete the numbering assigned to a text entry. It will no longer be considered as part of a table of contents.

Place the cursor at the position where you want to insert the table of contents.

From the References tab, go to Table of Contents group and click the Table of Contents button.


Click the preset table of contents that you want.

The table may be inserted on the same page or a different page, depending which table you choose.

To download an online table of contents from the website, go to the References tab, in Table of Contents group, click the Table of Contents button, point to More Tables of Contents from From the displayed tables of contents, click ...